Alexander (2004 film)

Theatrical release poster
Directed byOliver Stone
Screenplay by
Based onAlexander the Great
by Robin Lane Fox
Produced by
CinematographyRodrigo Prieto
Edited by
  • Thomas J. Nordberg
  • Yann Hervé
  • Alex Marquez
Music byVangelis
Distributed by
Release dates
  • 16 November 2004 (2004-11-16) (Hollywood)
  • 24 November 2004 (2004-11-24) (United States)
  • 23 December 2004 (2004-12-23) (Germany/Netherlands)
  • 5 January 2005 (2005-01-05) (France)
  • 14 January 2005 (2005-01-14) (Italy)
Running time
175 minutes[2]
  • Germany
  • France
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • United Kingdom
  • United States[3]
Budget$155 million[4]
Box office$167.3 million[4]

Alexander is a 2004 epic historical drama film based on the life of the ancient Macedonian general and king Alexander the Great. It was directed by Oliver Stone and starred Colin Farrell. The film's original screenplay derived in part from the book Alexander the Great, published in 1973 by the University of Oxford historian Robin Lane Fox. After release, while it performed well in Europe, the American critical reaction was negative. It grossed $167 million worldwide against a $155 million budget, thus making it a commercial failure.

Four versions of the film exist, the initial theatrical cut and three home video director's cuts: the "Director's Cut" in 2005, the "Final Cut" in 2007 and the "Ultimate Cut" in 2013. The two earlier DVD versions of Alexander ("director's cut" version and the theatrical version) sold over 3.5 million copies in the United States.[5] Oliver Stone's third version, Alexander Revisited: The Final Cut (2007), sold nearly a million copies and became one of the highest-selling catalog items from Warner Bros (as of 2012).[6]

  1. ^ "Alexander (2005)". British Film Institute. Retrieved 22 July 2021.
  2. ^ "Alexander (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 19 November 2004. Retrieved 9 December 2016.
  3. ^ "Alexander". American Film Institute Catalog of Motion Pictures. Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  4. ^ a b Cite error: The named reference bom was invoked but never defined (see the help page).
  5. ^ Retrieved from
  6. ^ "Words from Oliver Stone: Thank you very... - Alexander: Revisited". Facebook. Retrieved 4 December 2013.

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